Hamsterley Local History

  • Description

    "The village of Hamsterley lies between Weardale and Teesdale, to the north of Wolsingham. It was originally part of the parish of St Andrew's Auckland, which is several miles to the east. As in much of the surrounding area the earliest occupation dates to the Mesolithic period. At this time people lived my hunting wild animals and gathering wild plants- farming had yet to be invented. It is likely that these first inhabitants of the area were passing through on the way up to the higher uplands of Teesdale and Weardale, where they would have hunted wild animals during the summer. In the colder, winter months the population would have come down to live in the slightly warmer lowlands. A number of simple flint tools of this period have been found at Doctor's Gate Quarry in Hamsterley Forest. This may have been the site of a temporary hunting camp....."
  • Owner

    Keys to the Past (Durham & Northumbria County Councils)
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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  • Further information

    Link: https://keystothepast.info/search-records/results-of-search/results-of-search-2/site-details/?PRN=D6802
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 3 years, 2 months ago
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